March 7 | Education Week

By Michelle McNeil

After a months-long standoff with the U.S. Department of Education, California has successfully negotiated a waiver that will allow it to largely ditch its state tests this spring in favor of giving only common-core-aligned field tests to about 3 million students.

In a letter sent to state officials today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his team agreed with the state's testing plan without any significant caveats.

...This waiver means that state officials won't be running afoul of the Education Department or risking the loss of Title I money for violating the law.

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